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January 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies broadcasters share a small office nestled behind the booths on the press level at Citizens Bank Park, and the loudest laughter before a game is found there. The seven men trade stories and jokes. The longest-tenured among them, Chris Wheeler, was the only one raised as a Phillies fan. "He has lived and died with this team for his entire life," Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy said. "Being able to do these games was a special treat for him. " Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet.
NEWS
April 13, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Just before noon today, Harry Kalas got off the Phillies team bus and walked into the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. As always, Kalas said something nice to everyone he encountered, then stopped, pulled out a pen and wrote down the lineup which had been posted on the wall. Lineup in hand, the Hall of Fame broadcaster rode the elevator to the press level and began preparing for a 3 p.m. game between the Phillies and Washington Nationals. He never got to call the game.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was at the tail end of an uninspiring season, when most baseball people begin walking through the motions, when Chris Wheeler showed up at Citizens Bank Park with his dutifully kept notebooks and his well-worn scorebook. He was prepared for the last weekend of the 2013 regular season at Citizens Bank Park. It was a Saturday. Tyler Cloyd was scheduled to pitch against Dillon Gee of the New York Mets. Phillies team president David Montgomery found Wheeler before the game.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The history of the Phillies, for better or worse - and there have been many more seasons of the latter than the former - has always been a testament to a certain hidebound consistency. Things change slowly, if at all, and the organization, while polite and mannered, has never taken much heed of what anyone else might think. In fact, the organization has basically been impervious to outside influence, which wasn't always a good thing but at least it was predictable. This goes back to the Carpenter family, which owned the Phillies and whatever parts of Delaware didn't interest the Du Ponts, who actually are cousins of some sort.
NEWS
April 26, 2004
THANK YOU, Phillies! I have found the cure for my insomnia. Whenever I can't fall asleep, I play back Chris Wheeler and Larry Andersen's coverage of the Phillies game. I'm usually then snoring in about five minutes. To wake up, I have my alarm set to the voice of Harry Kalas, and I'm up refreshed, and ready for a brand-new day. Bruce Semigran Norristown
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SCOTT FRANZKE juggled one newborn as he handled a midafternoon phone call yesterday afternoon, while his wife, Lori, was nearby with the other. The Franzkes, who also have a 3-year-old son, welcomed twin girls to their household last month. The Phillies radio play-by-play man welcomes the challenges of caring for two babies and a toddler like any proud father. Professionally, Franzke has had hurdles to overcome, too, perhaps none greater than arriving in the rabid sports city of Philadelphia in 2006.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It wasn't as important as the signing of A.J. Burnett or the news that Cole Hamels would be a little bit behind in this spring-training camp because of shoulder tendinitis. Make no mistake, however, people do care about who is going to be in the broadcast booth through the course of a 162-game baseball season. They care so much that the Phillies broadcast duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn became known simply as Harry and Whitey, legendary voices that had an impeccable rapport, a perfect sense of timing, and an even better sense of humor.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Baseball broadcasters have always occupied a precarious perch, sometimes quite literally. The lofty radio and TV booths at Connie Mack Stadium, for example, dangled so unsteadily from that North Philadelphia stadium's roof that Giants announcer Russ Hodges used to secure himself with a rope. But occasionally, and often for unexplained reasons, these familiar voices of summer are sent plunging into the abyss. Scott Graham was mysteriously pushed out of the Phillies booth in 2006, Bill Campbell a few decades earlier.
SPORTS
March 2, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Harry Kalas is in town and says he feels wanted. So, exhale. There has been speculation that the Phillies could be slowly trying to push Kalas, their Hall of Fame broadcaster, out of the booth. His contract expires after the season. How would the Phillies do it? Apparently, by pairing him for six innings on TV this season with Chris Wheeler, with whom he has a strained relationship. But the Phillies have said that their 2006 broadcasting lineup hasn't been set, and that they have no behind-the-scenes plans to cut Kalas loose after the season.
SPORTS
April 14, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Just before noon yesterday, Harry Kalas got off the Phillies team bus and walked into the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. As always, Kalas said something nice to everyone he encountered, then stopped, pulled out a pen and wrote down the lineup that had been posted on the wall. Lineup in hand, the Hall of Fame broadcaster rode the elevator to the press level and began preparing for a 3:05 p.m. game between the Phillies and Washington Nationals. He never got to call the game.
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February 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was at the tail end of an uninspiring season, when most baseball people begin walking through the motions, when Chris Wheeler showed up at Citizens Bank Park with his dutifully kept notebooks and his well-worn scorebook. He was prepared for the last weekend of the 2013 regular season at Citizens Bank Park. It was a Saturday. Tyler Cloyd was scheduled to pitch against Dillon Gee of the New York Mets. Phillies team president David Montgomery found Wheeler before the game.
SPORTS
February 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It wasn't as important as the signing of A.J. Burnett or the news that Cole Hamels would be a little bit behind in this spring-training camp because of shoulder tendinitis. Make no mistake, however, people do care about who is going to be in the broadcast booth through the course of a 162-game baseball season. They care so much that the Phillies broadcast duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn became known simply as Harry and Whitey, legendary voices that had an impeccable rapport, a perfect sense of timing, and an even better sense of humor.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Baseball broadcasters have always occupied a precarious perch, sometimes quite literally. The lofty radio and TV booths at Connie Mack Stadium, for example, dangled so unsteadily from that North Philadelphia stadium's roof that Giants announcer Russ Hodges used to secure himself with a rope. But occasionally, and often for unexplained reasons, these familiar voices of summer are sent plunging into the abyss. Scott Graham was mysteriously pushed out of the Phillies booth in 2006, Bill Campbell a few decades earlier.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SCOTT FRANZKE juggled one newborn as he handled a midafternoon phone call yesterday afternoon, while his wife, Lori, was nearby with the other. The Franzkes, who also have a 3-year-old son, welcomed twin girls to their household last month. The Phillies radio play-by-play man welcomes the challenges of caring for two babies and a toddler like any proud father. Professionally, Franzke has had hurdles to overcome, too, perhaps none greater than arriving in the rabid sports city of Philadelphia in 2006.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies broadcasters share a small office nestled behind the booths on the press level at Citizens Bank Park, and the loudest laughter before a game is found there. The seven men trade stories and jokes. The longest-tenured among them, Chris Wheeler, was the only one raised as a Phillies fan. "He has lived and died with this team for his entire life," Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy said. "Being able to do these games was a special treat for him. " Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The history of the Phillies, for better or worse - and there have been many more seasons of the latter than the former - has always been a testament to a certain hidebound consistency. Things change slowly, if at all, and the organization, while polite and mannered, has never taken much heed of what anyone else might think. In fact, the organization has basically been impervious to outside influence, which wasn't always a good thing but at least it was predictable. This goes back to the Carpenter family, which owned the Phillies and whatever parts of Delaware didn't interest the Du Ponts, who actually are cousins of some sort.
SPORTS
June 26, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
LEAVING THE GAME of baseball is difficult, which is why Gary Matthews, aka "Sarge," decided it was not an option after his playing days. He had a 16-year career as an outfielder with five major league clubs, including the Phillies (1981-83). After retiring following the 1987 season, he spent time as a broadcaster and hitting coach before landing a permanent home in the Phillies' broadcast booth in 2007. Matthews missed playing on the Phillies' 1980 World Series-winning team by 1 year.
NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gaetano D. "Danny" Smedile, 90, of South Philadelphia, a retired shipyard rigger and sports fan who was a popular fixture at Veterans Stadium for more than 20 years, died Saturday, Jan. 14, of complications from seizures at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Smedile retired from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1980. Several months later, his wife of 30 years, Rita Innaurato Smedile, had a debilitating stroke. As her caretaker, he searched for activities they could do together, said their son, Thomas.
SPORTS
April 14, 2009 | By DAVID MURPHY dmurphy@phillynews.com Daily News staff writers Ed Barkowitz, Les Bowen, Mark Kram, Paul Hagen and Catherine Lucey contributed to this report
HE WAS A storyteller at heart, and so, on a day when those who knew him told stories of their own, we must start with the man himself. It was 1998, and Harry Kalas was attempting to kick his cigarette habit. As a substitute, the legendary announcer had taken to fingering cigars in the booth. While attempting to explain the allure of his new habit to fellow broadcaster Chris Wheeler one afternoon, Kalas settled on what he felt was a rock-solid justification. Like all of the words that traveled through his gilded vocal chords, ink and paper don't do them justice.
SPORTS
April 14, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just before noon yesterday, Harry Kalas got off the Phillies team bus and walked into the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. As always, Kalas said something nice to everyone he encountered, then stopped, pulled out a pen and wrote down the lineup that had been posted on the wall. Lineup in hand, the Hall of Fame broadcaster rode the elevator to the press level and began preparing for a 3:05 p.m. game between the Phillies and Washington Nationals. He never got to call the game.
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